MASON COUNTY — The arrival of Thanksgiving brings the arrival of the Christmas season.
In Mason County, there are several activities planned for those who need a little lift to their Christmas spirit with parades, tree lighting ceremonies, lighting displays and more.
Here is a listing of holiday events as reported to the Point Pleasant Register.
Christmas on the Frontier: Christmas on the Frontier will be held at Fort Randolph at Krodel Park, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 3. Volunteers and reenactors at the fort show visitors what it was like to celebrate Christmas on the frontier.
West Virginia State Farm Museum: The West Virginia State Farm Museum will once again host its Christmas lights display from 6-9 p.m., Dec. 9-18. Visitors can drive through, or walk, the museum’s grounds which will be lit with over one million lights. Santa Claus will be in the Country Kitchen each night to visit with children and there will be free cocoa and cookies in the kitchen for visitors as well.
City of Point Pleasant: Point Pleasant city officials have been busy planning the upcoming Christmas parade and tree lighting ceremony set for 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2 – the tree lighting ceremony immediately follows the parade and will be held at Gunn Park on Fourth Street. Parade lineup is at 5 p.m. at the former Central Elementary School. Once again this year, Crow Hussell Funeral Home will be donating a large, live Christmas tree which will be lit at the conclusion of the tree lighting ceremony. The ceremony will include performances by the PPJ/SHS choir and band members. In addition, trees from the “Light of Christmas” tree project will be lit at this time.
Town of Mason: Christmas activities include the parade on Dec. 3 at noon, with Santa visiting the children in the town hall after the parade. On Dec. 1, a tree lighting ceremony will be held outside town hall at 5:30 p.m. A Christmas lighting contest will be held, with the deadline to register at town hall being Dec. 16. Judging will take place Dec. 19 (or Dec. 20 in case of inclement weather).
Town of New Haven: The Town of New Haven is planning a myriad of activities for the Christmas season, most of which will occur on Saturday, Dec. 3. A parade, craft show, visits from Santa, musical concert and tree lighting ceremony will be among the events that day.
The New Haven Fire Department Auxiliary Christmas Craft Show will start the busy day off at 10 a.m. and will continue until 3 p.m. While the craft show is ongoing, those wishing to take part in the Christmas parade will line up at 10:30 a.m. at the community building off Layne Street. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. Following the parade, Santa will be at the fire station to hear wish lists and provide children with a treat. Music will be provided by the group, “Covered by Love,” as well as Allison Tate.
Later that evening at 6 p.m., the town will officially light its Christmas tree in a ceremony outside the city building. A special guest will be on hand to “throw the switch.” According to town recorder Roberta Hysell, families are invited to bring an ornament to hang on the tree as a new tradition. After the lighting ceremony, homemade cookies and hot chocolate will be served.
On Dec. 15, a Christmas lighting contest will be held. Hysell said out-of-town judges will begin their selection process at 6 p.m. Residents do not have to register to take part. Anyone in town limits having their lights on that evening by 6 p.m. will be eligible to win. Hysell said there will be one category, with first place winning $50, second place winning $25, and third place winning $10. Winners will be presented their awards at the city building on Dec. 19 at 1 p.m.
Krodel Christmas Light Show: Open 5:30-9 p.m., nightly, though Dec. 31 at Krodel Park. Visitors to the show drive through the park to take in the lights and can move at their own pace, also parking along the road to stop and take in the show. Admission is free but donations are appreciated to fund the event each year. Volunteers to collect donations are always welcome and needed. For those willing to donate time to the cause, contact Carolin Harris at 304-675-9726.
Mason County Family Christmas: The Family Resource Network, in conjunction with other community agencies and individuals, will once again be hosting the Mason County Family Christmas. The event will be held Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the former Central Elementary School gymnasium, located at 1200 Main Street in Point Pleasant. Many activities are planned for the children, including pictures with Santa and face painting. Community agencies will host craft tables where the children can make items to give as gifts or to decorate their Christmas trees at home. The entire event is free of charge and open to the public. The Family Resource Network will be serving cookies and punch.